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PostSubject: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 12:25 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 12:54 pm

What do you guys think?
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 12:55 pm

Was she in a tank with another male that you know of recently?
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 12:59 pm

if she is WC she could have already been gravid before being in the tank with a male and gestation in pandinus can be as long as 18 months.

Can you see the thick black nerve cord along her back?

She doesnt look that big to me but obviously the expanding happens more and more as the babies get bigger inside.
She doesnt look very round to me at the moment BUT it actually is a great posibility.

How has her feeding been? Have you noticed her get bigger even though she has been refusing food?!?
Has she become agressive?
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 1:18 pm

She has become very aggressive.
She has been in the tank with the male all of the time. Even in the shop.
She had been refusing food, but today she accepted a cricket.
Finally, what do you mean by the black nerve cord?
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 1:57 pm

I'd say she's gravid. Looks awful stretched out. Make sure you separate the male; females have been known to eat tankmates when they're getting close (they're a potential threat to her upcoming young).

Here's what she means by the "black nerve cord" link You can see the nerve cord running down the center, partly 'cause the young are pushing it up closer to the surface. The female in that photo gave birth about a month later.

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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 2:31 pm

Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 2:40 pm

from what else you have said about agression, I would take it as a sure sign then!
She will plump out more then that! She isnt looking so round at the moment, streached I agree but when it is near the time, you will think WOW SHE IS BIG
thats what I thought and then babies arrived with mine
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 4:27 pm

Cheers connie
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 5:13 pm

yes, she looks gravid to me.. the majority of WC emps are gravid. mine were.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 5:44 pm

How long would you say before she gives birth? rough estimation.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 5:50 pm

could be tommorow, coud be nest month, there is no telling how long she has been gravido.


the gestation period is usually around 9 - 18 months, depending on conditions.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/14/2009, 6:43 pm

k cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 4:46 am

Oh, by the way connie, I can just about make out the black nerve cord you were telling me about. It's only faint though, but it's there.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 4:47 am

then you have a bit longer to go. I would say...maybe 2-4 months.
As a GUESS
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 9:12 am

ok
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 3:26 pm

I have another tank that we are osrting out next week. Would you suggest moving the male in as soon as possible as they keep fighting?

The only problem is that i'm not sure where the other tank can go.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 3:35 pm

If they're fighting, move the male out ASAP. You can get pretty creative with tank storage -- is it possible just to stack his tank on top of her tank?

Pic of creative tank storage:

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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 4:53 pm

If they are fighting when never before, it means she wants him gone so, as Mike said get him out ASAP
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/15/2009, 5:51 pm

damn mike...

I need some shelves Chin Scratch
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/16/2009, 2:41 am

The only problem is that my tanks are glass and they both open from the top.
The help is appreciated.

I will separate them as soon as the other tank is ready. (Got smashed, so we got our money back now i'm repairing it with 2 new sheets of glass.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/16/2009, 2:42 am

If that idea will still work then let me know.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/16/2009, 2:45 am

Get lids. A good screen lid is less than $10. It's not a good idea to have any open-top tank in this hobby.

If you have any plastic storage boxes, those make great temporary (or sometimes permanent) homes -- like the three stacked on the top shelf in my pic.

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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/16/2009, 3:26 am

cheers. Will do that.
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PostSubject: Re: Is my emp gravid?   3/16/2009, 3:34 am

Just wondering, would my first tank be able to go on top of this second tank that is bigger, even though the second tank has a sliding mesh top?

If so, it would save a hell of a lot of time.
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